WEEKLY NEWS
September 26, 2017
PICTURE DAY IS COMING! FRIDAY, 9/29
Real Life Photography and Events is pleased to once again be a part of the Saint Benedict’s Catholic School family for our PICTURE DAY.
All students are required to take their photo, if they are in attendance on picture day.  There will be a makeup day so no need to worry.  
PLEASE NOTE:  All photo orders are prepay, either paper form with a check or online ordering. Orders and payments frequently get lost in backpacks so ONLINE ORDERING is preferred. For additional information click here.
Morning Drop Off
If you drop students off in front of the school in the morning, you must pull completely out of traffic on Grove Avenue and legally park in front of the school. Please do not make a U-turn after dropping off students to go back toward Belmont. If there are no parking spaces, please proceed two blocks to Tilden, turn right and get in the normal car line on Hanover.
PTO News
The PTO is still in search of a room rep for 6th grade . If you are interested in being a representative for your child's class please visit www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e45ada623a0f94-sbcs to learn about the responsibilities and to sign up.

Fall Fest plans are underway!
The SBCS PTO Fall Fest is set this year for  Saturday, October 21st, 5-8pm. This is a favorite family event at our school and we’d like you to get involved! We are looking for volunteers for all areas of Fall Fest including set up and break down. If you are able to help out please take a moment to look over the sign up genius to see where you can help!  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e45ada623a0f94-fall4

Did you know that Saint Benedict Catholic school is registered with the AmazonSmile program?
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Saint Benedict Catholic School! It takes three simple steps!
 
If you have an Amazon account, sign in, and it will allow you to immediately select your charity. Or you can search for AmazonSmile, and it will take you to the designation field.
 
TYPE IN “SAINT BENEDICT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.”
 
CONFIRM YOUR SELECTION. That's it! Thank you for making SAINT BENEDICT CATHOLIC SCHOOL your designated charity!
Family Rosary Mission
October is the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary. This tradition is based on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7). Pope St. Pius V established this feast to commemorate the victory won by Christian forces over the Ottoman Empire at Lepanto (1571), which was obtained by beseeching the Virgin Mary’s help through the Rosary. To celebrate the month of the Rosary and to pray for the SBCS community, both living and dead, we will hold a Rosary Mission from October 1 through All Souls' Day on November 2. Pope Pius IX said, "if you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary." We want to encourage our entire community--children, parents, and the whole family--to pray together for peace, for our loved ones, and for the greater glory of God.
Saint Benedict Catholic School is looking for Substitute Teachers for grades PreK-8 for the 2017-2018 school year and for volunteers to work the Reception Desk during the school day. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact the School Secretary, Pam Autry, at (804) 254-8850 or pautry@saintbenedictschool.org for more information.
  Art Supplies
Our ART Room is in need of some supplies that can be found in YOUR home! Please send in the following items. Direct any questions to our Art Teacher, Mrs. Marie Crow. Thank you for your contributions! 
  • baby food jars with lids
  • Pringles cans
  • art smocks (old t-shirts)
  • plastic recyclable caps from detergent bottles
  • old large beach towels
Altar Servers
If your student would like to be an altar server at School Masses, please see the registration form here. Altar servers must be baptized Catholic students in grades 3-8 who have already made their First Communion. They must also serve weekend Masses at St. Benedict or their home parish. The next altar server training at St. Benedict Church will be held November 4 at 10:00am for those still needing to be trained.
Choir
Children in grades 2–8 are encouraged to sing in the Parish Children’s Choir. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 3–4pm in the school library. The Children’s Choir allows young people to deepen their appreciation and love for liturgical music, and provides basic instruction in singing and musicianship.The Children’s Choir will sing monthly at various weekend Masses, as well as select holidays during the school year.

Please encourage your students to join us for our first rehearsal on Tuesday, October 10th!

For more information, please contact Joel S. Kumro, Choirmaster and Organist, at jkumro@saintbenedictparish.org or 804.254.8810 x112
Parish News
EDGE: Click here to view the EDGE calendar for this school year.

Sacrament Preparation: For more information about signing up for First Penance, First Communion, or Confirmation, please contact Rob Hamrick at  rhamrick@saintbenedictparish.org  , visit the side porch or go to our parish website  www.saintbenedictparish.org  for information and access to the forms on-line.  The deadline to register is September 24.

Youth Lector Training: A training for new  youth lectors will take place on SaturdayOctober 28 at  10:00am in the church. Participants must be baptized, have received their First Holy Communion, attend Mass each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, be in at least 6th grade, and be enrolled in a Catholic school or in a religious education program (either in the parish or in the home). Youth lectors, like their adult counterparts, read the announcements, proclaim the biblical readings, and announce the intentions of the Universal Prayer at Mass. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal directs that lectors be “people who are truly suited to carrying out this function and carefully prepared, so that by their hearing the readings from the sacred texts the faithful may conceive in their hearts a sweet and living affection for Sacred Scripture” (no. 101).
Music Lessons
GreaterRichmond School of Music (GRSM) is once again providing music instruction at St. Benedict School for the 2017-2018 school year in the form of extra-curricular private and group lessons in  piano, ukulele, guitar, mandolin, banjo, violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, saxophone and trumpet.  Registration for private lessons is accepted at any time throughout the school year (tuition costs will be prorated for those who register after the start date), and  we currently have a few 3:00pm and 3:30pm time slots available . Completed  Registration Forms can be scanned and emailed to info@grsm.net.
Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 29 Picture Day
Oct. 6    Early Dismissal at 1:30pm
Oct. 9    No School - Teacher Work Day